This Making Impressions Unit is part of the Social Thinking framework.
What concept are we teaching:
Making Impressions – Being Able to Abstract & Infer: This is the ability to figure out what people are thinking about when it is not clearly stated.
Why the concept is important: By reading the environment and person’s facial expression, body language, tone of voice, loudness of voice and words said – one can gain quick and relatively easy access to a person’s “inner thoughts.”
Perspective Taking = Thinking about Others & How they think about youAll the features that work to increase the “appropriateness” of behavior to make an improved “impression” upon others.
How the concept relates back to the larger concept of social relatedness:
How we make impressions on others is a springboard to deeper thinking. Appropriate responses to social interactions require that we not only recall what we know about the other person but we also consider the impression we may be making upon them.
If the person is looking really bored by yawning and looking away while we are taking, make the smart guess that we need to change the topic and talk about something more interesting to our conversation partner. These behaviors are considered rude but many people exhibit these behaviors subtly to indicate they are getting tired or are in a hurry to wrap up the current discussion.
Making impressions is the first step to perspective taking – we break down the tasks and then put them back together again. We do this by working on
1) communicative effectiveness – making impressions
2) person problem solving
Ways we Make Impressions: